Dikembe Mutombo

NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo is among a group of 12 finalists that could be inducted into the 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame Class.

The nominees were announced Saturday (Feb. 14) at Madison Square Garden. The Class of 2015 will be then announced April 6.

Mutombo are joined by Kentucky coach John Calipari, longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time All-Star Kevin Johnson, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White, four-time All-Star Spencer Haywood, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews as finalists.

Mutombo is a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time All-Star. He was overwhelmed by being nominated.

“Being from Africa, who would have ever though that my name would have been called to the Basketball Hall of Fame?” he said during the nominee announcement. “I never dreamed of playing basketball to reach this level.”